Welcome to the Structures and Composite Materials Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at McGill University.
The understanding of composite materials and their structures requires
an in-depth knowledge of basic material behaviour. Knowledge of fibre
and resin behaviour is essential for understanding the intricacies of
composite manufacturing processes. This must be accompanied by stress,
strain and failure analysis in both the static and fatigue
regimes. Finally, designs must be manufactured and tested. Here is where
design optimization helps to achieve the final goal: a successfully
designed composite structure. The McGill Structures and Composite
Materials Laboratory thus explores the design of composite materials and
their structures “From Start to Finish”.
Stella Hughes, Marc Palardy-Sim and Nils Cuinat-Guerraz won the 2014 JEC student award with a work on the 'Design of a composite Liquid-Hydrogen Cryogenic Fuel Tank' and travelled to Boston to receive their prize!